Harvesting Greens

Lots and lots of them:

Spinach, mustard greens, arugula, kale, lettuce

Lots of beautiful sage

Snow pea

Happy Gardening!!

Garden Update

I apologize for taking so long to update you on the garden. I took some videos this time.



Tomatoes, Flowers, Hot Peppers, Basil
Cauliflower, Cabbage, Collards, Pumpkin, Acorn Squash, Watermelon, Cilantro, Thyme
Cauliflower, Acorn Squash, Summer Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Celery



Beets & Carrots
Sage, Kale, Basil, Thyme & Rosemary
Sweet & Hot Bell Peppers, Eggplant
Cucumbers, Bush Beans, Okra
Lettuce, Arugula, Spinach, Strawberries
Collards & Tomatoes
Edible Flowers, Peas & Pole Beans
Corn & Potatoes
Red Onions, Broccoli Rabe
Romain Lettuce, Napa Cabbage, Baby Bok Choy
Baby Bok Choy
Eggplant, Sweet Bell Peppers
Collards, Dill & Red Onions


Sweet Potato Slips
Strawberries the girls harvested this morning.


This has been a great adventure this year in the garden! I have been getting so much joy from it.

I hope you all are having just as much fun as I am.

Happy Gardening!


It’s a small harvest but every other day I keep picking and eating them while watering the garden in the mornings. So sweet and yummy!

I’m finishing up my post on my strawberry garden Tower. Hope to post soon! Here is a pic of the finished tower!


Happy Gardening!!

Garden Tools – Spring Clamps

I found 3 wonderful clamps at the thrift store. They are perfect for keeping my covers on the raised beds open. They are light weight and easy to open.

I searched everywhere trying to find more. Spent way too long doing this. Finally I came across them on eBay.

I absolutely love these clamps! They have so many useful uses.

Happy Gardening

Red Onion – Scallions

I bought a bunch of red onion starts for the garden this year. I’m growing them as Scallions!! They are yummy and beautiful!!

I will be able to eat these all summer. As I pull one to eat, I place another onion start in its place.

A garden Update is coming soon.

Happy Gardening!

Garden Greens

It is so satisfying to walk out your back door and into your garden to get a mixture of greens for a dinner salad!

Lettuce, spinach and chard.


Instant Pot – Homemade Yogurt

Who knew yogurt could be so easy. Kalispell Creamery whole milk was on sale for $1.99 a gallon at my grocery store, I bought three gallons to try making yogurt.

The process was pretty easy, I was surprised. I love my instant Pot!!

1) disinfect your Pot first. Poor 3 cups of water into your pot and put the lid on with the seal closed. Press steam button, set to 5 minutes.

2) poor hot water out and allow pot to cool naturally or place in fridge.

3) once pot is cooled place back into instant Pot. Poor 1 gallon of whole milk into pot and press yogurt button. Adjust until you see boil.

4) whisk the milk often so the heat distributes evenly. Stirring helps the milk heat up faster also. Keep stirring every once in a while until instant Pot beeps. Check temp. Must be 180-185 degrees for a minute or so. If temp isn’t reached push the sautée button. Keep stirring until temp is reached. Once reached remove from instant Pot.

5) fill a sink full of cold water. Place pot of hot milk into cold water. Pot will float in the water. While monitoring the temp stir the milk until it cools down to 95 a 100 degrees. Once temp is reached remove pot from sink of water.

6) add 2 tablespoons of good quality yogurt with all the cultures to a small cup. Place some of the warm milk in cup with cultures and mix well. Stir into the rest of the warm milk. 

7) place pot back into the instant pot and cover with lid. Seal closed. Press yogurt button. Should read 8hrs and setting is on normal.

8) after incubation is finished remove covered pot and place into the fridge for 6-8hrs to rest.

9) after the rest period if you want the yogurt thicker strain it for several hours or over night in the fridge. You can use a yogurt strainer. I just place a strainer over a pot or large bowl, layer with cheesecloth  then poor yogurt into cheesecloth.  Gather the extra cloth around the edges and tie with a string or rubber band. Place in fridge and let the whey strain from the yogurt.

10) after straining is finished save your clear yellowish whey in sealed glass jars for up to 6 months in your fridge or freeze. You can find tons of uses for liquid whey on internet. Reuse it don’t throw away. 😉

11) add your favorite sweetener and fruit and you are ready to eat your very own homemade yogurt!!

1 gallon of whole milk makes about 2 quarts of Greek yogurt (strained) and about 2 quarts of liquid whey.

It seems like a lot of work for 2 quarts of yogurt but not really, a lot of it you are just waiting. To me knowing all the actual ingredients in my yogurt is worth it. ENJOY!!!